Who says only the original team knows how to handle its own creation? Not this lot.
Talk about a tough act to follow. Having created not simply one of the world's most popular shooters, but the defining game series of the Xbox era, Bungie bowed out from Halo after 2010's Reach, leaving 343 Industries to take on the Chief in this autumn's Halo 4.
If 343 is bricking it about living up to expectations, it's hardly alone. Brit studio Ninja Theory has already felt the wrath of screaming fanboys before any of them has even played its reboot of Devil May Cry, due early next year.
Meanwhile, after turning in the mediocre Resistance: Burning Skies on Vita already this year, what hope for Nihilistic Software to match Treyarch as it turns its hand to Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified later in 2012?
Gaming history is littered with the failures of famous franchises that switch developer. But some, against the odds, not only turn out to be good, but actually better than the beloved originals.